DVD: Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio w/ Billy Bang – Live At The River East Art Center
Delmark DVD 1566 (2006)
Master drummer/percussionist Kahil El’Zabar brought in special guest, violinist Billy Bang to perform live at Chicago’s River East Art Center on December 18, 2004. The concert was a multi-media event with painters, sculptors, and video projection. Bassist Malachi Favors made his transition on January 30, 2004 and so this is the first recording with new member Yosef Ben Israel. The fit is perfect as Yosef lays down the wicked bass grooves that serve as the foundation of the group’s excursions. Ari Brown brings his tenor sax to the edge of screech without crossing the threshold making his statements adventurous yet grounded. The event was recorded for DVD (DTS 5.1 Surround, Dolby Surround, Stereo) and is also available on CD. DVD also contains 30 minute interview special feature.
Also available: Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio featuring Billy Bang – Big Cliff [Live At Underground Fest] (Delmark 477).